Bar Association to provide legal aid to those arrested by NIA

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar, on Friday constituted a “high powered” legal team to examine the constitutional validity of National Investigation Agency Act, 2008 and its application to the State of J&K and suggest ways and means for providing necessary legal aid to all those who have been booked in FIR No. RC-10/2017/NIA/DIL by NIA and taken to Delhi after arrest and remanded to police custody.
This was decided by the Executive Committee of the Bar Association in its meeting called to discuss various issues concerning people of Kashmir, more particularly the one relating to the “misuse” of the provisions of NIA Act by NIA authorities in “terrorising, arresting, humiliating and harassing” the pro-freedom leadership and their activists in Kashmir.
The team constituted, besides elected office bearers, comprises of Z A Shah, senior advocate, Z A Qureshi, senior advocate, Bashir Ahmad Bashir, senior advocate, R A Jan, senior advocate, Altaf Haqani, advocate, Mushtaq Ahmad Makhdoomi, advocate, Syed Manzoor, advocate, G A Lone, advocate, Arshad Andrabi, advocate, Nazir Ahmad Ronga, advocate, Reyaz Khawar, advocate, and Mohammad Shafi Reshi, advocate.
Since the issue has far reaching consequences, the team has been advised to hold its sitting immediately and finalise the filing of an appropriate petition before the High Court, as expeditiously as possible, the meeting oberved.
The executive committee members also expressed concern over the extension of the Collection of Statistics Act, 2008, to J&K State and termed it as one more attempt by the government of India to impose its authority and perpetuate its hold on Kashmir by use of “dubious” methods. It also decided to make people aware of the consequences which will flow by the extension of the said bill to J&K.
The Bar members also condemned the ransacking of the house of a militant, Tauseef Sheikh, of Rampora Qaimoh and beating of the inmates of the house and causing damage to the household. It described the alleged beating of a three-year-old girl child and a woman, who had 15 days ago delivered a baby, as “barbaric and inhuman”.